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In what was touted during every commercial break by L.L. Cool J as being a “controversial” performance, after patiently waiting through the Grammy Awards on Monday night, Kendrick Lamar gave us pure unapologetic blackness.

Even after watching his performance 5 times, it still sends chills through my body. From his African dancers, to the Africa backdrop that said “Compton,” Lamar proved to everyone why he deserved the 5 Grammys he won, and the Album of the Year he was robbed of.

The reaction to his performance ranged from people calling it the greatest Black History Month performance ever, to of course white people getting all in their feelings and calling it racist.

Of course the latter is expected every time an artist exudes their blackness and their connection to the struggle.

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  • Since the dawn of human history, black people have always shown excellence in culture, in music, and in other aspects of human civilization. Kendrick Lamar’s performance in the Grammy certainly outlined the struggle of people of black African descent strongly and eloquently. Our souls reside from Africa originally and that is why at the end he showed a backdrop of the image of Africa with the word Compton in the middle of it. Being a Black American means that we have roots in Africa and we live in America too. The performance was unapologetically black as it outlined our basic ideal that we may struggle, but we are not defeated. In the midst of struggle, we develop our strength via experience, via the knowledge of Self, and via the embrace of our people as a community. We are a community and the naysayers, with their ridiculous semantic games, can never refute the dynamic composition of black culture. Our hair is beautiful and our skin is dark being glorious too. Also, we realize that we must condemn the prison industrial complex, police brutality, and other evils if we are to fully develop our social consciousness. Music that is great will not only inspire people, but it will educate people on how the world must change in order for it to be a place where justice and equality exists for all. The black cultural tradition is here to stay. Kendrick Lamar did a great, magnificent job and we will always honor the creativity, the rhythm, the greatness, and the perseverance of our black people.

  • Mary Burrell

    Kendrick was the collard greens and ham hocks and hot sauce among the boring kale.

  • He recently was given the keys to the city ( city of Compton) it was last Saturday. My mom was his handler and she said he was a nice dude. I know hes given a lot back to the city and Im glad he’s blowing up more.

  • LogicOverEmotion

    Of course this performance gave you life. Any situation that paints blacks as victims overcoming the struggle gets your panties wet. Lamar went on stage dressed as men in prison as if black men go to jail by accident. Are you kidding me? I have visited this website many a times and it has never featured an article telling young black women to stop having babies, for young black men to stop killing each other, or for the advancement of colored people outside of being mad and blaming whitey. The only time you criticize black men is if they are “misogynists” not when they commit murder after murder of their own. And the only black women you will criticize are “koons” and uncle toms (because they have different opinions than you) while you let the blacks who TRULY phukk it up for blacks slide.

  • D1Mind

    I would have rather seen a retrospective on Earth, Wind and Fire’s greatest hits.

    Unfortunately, being a child of the 70s, I remember when most black music had a
    message, from 60s soul to R&B and then early Hip Hop. And the last place I would look for empowerment is a Grammy award.

    People like Kendrick, but miss the point that black music as a whole is dying.
    Music is a lost art for many black folks and meaningful lyrics and messages have become a rarity. R&B isn’t even a thing anymore.

    Case in point they had to manufacture some Afrocentric imagery to cover the fact that Kendrick’s lyrics aren’t empowering in the first place. Especially not the montage of songs he used on stage….. (Has anyone seen the lyrics of we gon be alright?)

    This generation would celebrate this because they don’t know better.

    But that said, black folks been making music about being slaves and having
    “the blues” and how bad things are for how long and how has that changed
    anything?